Now let’s see. You are trying to find an answer that would approve of your plan to distort the truth in your CV or cover letter. Nice start pal. Admit it, you just need someone to endorse your intentions although at least you are asking nicely whether it could get you into trouble, ie. with law. If you must know people do lie in their CVs, but the question is whether they land a job after all the hassle they took to color their history to make it more saleable and ensure they are more positively viewed during an interview.
The Interview and Later Issues
Once you make the very first misstep that could guarantee you an interview, you have to move to the next stage and next lies where you color your experience to a great detail. You have to come up with facts and procedures, all of which can be put to test during the interview, thus your story may not hold up if you are caught confused over some details. It is not like the interviewer would suspect anything, and there are people quite adept at plugging the holes in their CV as long as the job you are applying for is not too demanding.
As an inventive person you should not really have much trouble landing any job, so you could leave out those twisted accounts of working at someplace you only heard about from your friends, and become a creative writer or worse. Actually it takes a great liar to make things work because you have to have a great memory for details, be analytic in your approach and so on. Some sweeping lies can be easily tracked down and discovered, and then you are found guilty of comproming your integrity and dismissed immediately. Other consequences revolve around your reputation and broken trust.
Any Legal Consequences?
Some say it is punishable only in a narrow sense in some states, but it does not mean that your employer won’t discharge you from work for lies. Some of them could even lead to litigation on your employer’s part. What you should be clear about is to never take credit for someone else’s work or claim references or qualifications that have never existed or been your own and that you cannot back up with documents. It is as simple as that.
Logically, when you are employed on the basis of some falsified statements referring to the job in question you are posing a risk for yourself and your employer, in a sense, that a given job post could be too demanding in the long run and threaten the quality of the final performance which is expected of you. You could be soon fired on the basis of this unless you are a great learner.